The Red Panda Expedition – Singalila National Park



Singalila National Park:
Singalila National park is one of the most exotic Himalayan forests located in the in Darjeeling District in the West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal tri-junction. It is a mystical forest located on the Singalila range at an altitude ranging between 7,000ft to 12,000 ft above sea level. It is well known for the trekking route to Sandakphu that runs through it and also famously known for its ageless vintage Land Rovers.

Singalila is one of the best places in India to see Red Panda in the wild. Apart from the Red Panda, Singalila is home to a diversity of mammals including Himalayan Black bear, Clouded Leopard, Leopard Cat, Serow, Barking deer, Yellow-throated marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Pika among others. Singalila is a birding paradise, with more than 300 species of birds found here. It has a huge list of exotic birds like Blood pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Brown & Falvous Parrobills, Rufous-vented tit, fire tailed Mayzornis, golden breasted fulvetta, Rosefinchs, Bullfinches, Wren babbers, Laughing thrushes, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Yuhinas, Minivets, Partridges and many more.

The park is also well known for its stunning and rugged Eastern Himalayan landscape and on clear days both Mount Everest and Kanchendzonga can be seen.

Red Panda:
The Red Panda, Ailurus fulgens, is also known as the ‘firefox’. It is a mammal native to Eastern Himalayas and Southwest china. It has Reddish brown fur a long shaggy tail and a wadding gait due to its shorter length of front legs. Measuring not more than 2 feet in length and weighting not more than 10 Kg the Red Panda it truly and adorable and especially photogenic animals. It is arboreal, Feeds mainly on bamboos, but also eats eggs, birds & insects. It is a solitary animal mainly active from dusk to dawn and is largely sedentary during the day.

The Red Panda has been classified as Endangered by the IUCN because its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals and continues to decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching and inbreeding depression, although Red Pandas are protected by National laws in their range countries. Singallia is one of its last strong holds and it is also the best place in India to see this elusive and rare mammals.



Day 1 - Arrive in Bagdogra and onward to Singalila

Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport by early morning flight you will be met at the airport by your driver and traveling naturalist. The group will immediately leave for Manebhanjen, which is the entry point of Singalila National Park and the entry point to Singalila National Park. At Manebhanjen, guests will change to their vintage landrover and move towards Chawang Lodge, Kalapokhri, your home for 6 nights. Lunch will be served en-route to Kalapokhri, guests will reach their destination in the afternoon. Evening will be at leisure, with some orientation about the activities planned for the next few days. Dinner and overnight at Chawang Lodge.

Note: Tourists are allowed entry into Singalila no later than 2:00 PM. Guests MUST ensure that their flight into Bagdogra is the first flight out reaching Bagdogra no later than 9:00 AM. If such a flight is not available, then we would recommend reaching Bagdogra a day before and spending a night at Siliguri, this can be arranged at an extra cost.

Day 2 -Wildlife activity at Kalapokhri

Guests will wake up and have breakfast at the lodge. Our team of expert trackers would have gone out searching for Red Panda early in the morning. As the trackers find Red Panda, guests will be taken to the spot. Guests can opt to walk to the sighting spot or choose to go by land rover, if the sighting is close to a motor-able road. Along with our expert naturalist, guests can also participate in tracking using established trails in search for Red Panda. Singalila is home to several species of birds and guests can also engage themselves with bird watching, while the trackers are out looking for Red Panda. Lunch will be served on the field or at the lodge, depending on the wildlife activities that we decide to do. Dinner and overnight at Chawang Lodge.

Day 3 - 5 - Wildlife activity at Kalapokhri

Each day the trackers will go out searching for Red Panda both on the Nepal and India side and the group leader will identify suitable trails for searching for Red Panda and other species. For those who guests who have difficulty walking, even the Landrovers will be there in support to drive you to various sightings or spots.

Apart from wildlife, Singalila National Park is also quite popular for the scenic vistas that one can see. The Kanchendzonga peak along with other surrounding peaks form the sleeping Buddha, which can be best viewed from Tumling, at the discretion of the tour leader and the sighting situation, the guest can visit Tumling to see this and explore the areas around. The famous Sandakphu situation just 6 KM from Kalalpokhri is the highest point in West Bengal and famously a spot where you can see both the Mount Everest and Kanchendzonga. Depending on the sightings, guests can opt to trek up or use the Landrovers to explore the Sandakhu area. Dobate, in Nepal, is also a beautiful village situation at a lower altitude to from Kalapokhri, a half / full day visit with picnic lunch can be arranged. The forest around Dobate is also a hotspot for Red Panda. There are also some interesting villages to be seen close to your lodge.

To summarize, there are many options and activities that are possible during your 6N visit to Singalila, all these activities listed above are included in your plan. Since in this a species specific plan, the focus will be to maximize chances of seeing the Red Panda, and to that effect we will keep the plan flexible and based on the discretion of the tour leader and the consensus of the group.

Day 6 - Departure

After breakfast its time for Depart for Bagdogra airport for onward flight.

  • All meals
  • 1 night stay in Siliguri on MAP (Optional)
  • 5N6D stay in Chawang Lodge, Kalapokhri
  • Bagdogra-Manebhanjan-Bagdogra shared road transfers in AC Innova (4 Pax per vehicle)
  • Naturalist service from Jehan Numa Wilderness
  • 5N 6D Red Panda Expedition with tracker support
  • Shared Porters & Safari Landrover for the entire duration of stay
  • Wildlife Permit cost for both Indian and Nepal
  • Still camera permits, 1 per person
  • Drinking-Water from natural springs. (To minimize the use of plastics we recommend that guests drink this water and carry a refillable bottle)
  • Optional visit to Sandhakphu
  • Optional visit to Tumling and for other sightseeing

  • Any other food or beverages are other than mentioned above.
  • Laundry service.
  • Anything not mentioned above

NEPAL VISA (Except Indians): For every Foreign guest the Nepal Visa is a must. The Required details for the visa application is as follows,
Visa Type: Online
Visa application Dates: 2 days before the trip starts, the guest needs to apply online.
Address: Nila Gurung Tumbling Illam District, Nepal
The entry point to Nepal: KAKARBHITTA, JHAPA



12 - 17 April 2020

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Tour Leader:

An expert tour guide from Jehan Numa Wilderness will lead these groups


Important Notes:

  • NEPAL VISA (Except Indians): For every Foreign guest the Nepal Visa is must. The Required details for the visa application is as follows,
  • Visa Type: Online
  • Visa application Dates: 2 days before the trip starts, guest needs to apply online.
  • Address: Nila Gurung Tumbling Illam District, Nepal
  • Entry point to Nepal: KAKARBHITTA, JHAPA